Two area wrestlers vying for state titles

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 2/15/19

HUNTSVILLE — Dora’s Ronny “Bubba” Henderson and Corner’s Cole Fuller are one step away from winning their first state championships.

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Two area wrestlers vying for state titles

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HUNTSVILLE — Dora’s Ronny “Bubba” Henderson and Corner’s Cole Fuller are one step away from winning their first state championships.

On Friday, both Henderson (285 pounds) and Fuller (195 pounds) overcame tough challenges to secure a berth in the finals.

Henderson, down 4-3 with less than 10 seconds left in the semifinal match, was able to score two points on a reversal on Piedmont’s Evan Cooper to get the 5-4 decision.

Fuller jumped out to a 4-1 point lead over Ranburne’s Christian Smith in his semifinal match before Smith mounted a comeback, eventually tying the match. Fuller was able to score two points and hold off Smith in the final minute of the match to clinch the 6-4 win.

Henderson will face Michael Barnes of Mortimer Jordan — the North top seed — today for the state title. Fuller, the North top seed, will face South top seed and undefeated Christian Knop of Alexandria (70-0) for the championship.

Both Dora and the Jasper Vikings had wrestlers advance to placement matches in the consolation bracket on Friday.

The Vikings’ Maney Havis (138 pounds) and Mark Stitt (170 pounds) will compete in 3rd-place matches today, while Brodie Vinson (220 pounds) will battle for 5th place.

Dora’s Nathan Bahrik (145 pounds) will also compete for 3rd place, while Carlos Chavez (126 pounds) will battle for 5th place.

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Day 2 Results

Jasper Vikings

55 Team Points

Alex Glass, 132 pounds

Lost consolation second round match. Eliminated from the tournament.

Maney Havis, 138 pounds

Won second round consolation match by 9-3 decision, won consolation third round match by 10-6 decision, won consolation semifinal by 4-3 decision. Competes in 3rd place match today.

Preston Reed, 145 pounds

Lost consolation second round match. Eliminated from the tournament.

Mark Stitt, 170 pounds

Won second round consolation match by pinfall. Won third round consolation match by 15-7 major decision, won consolation semifinal match by 12-4 major decision. Competes in 3rd place match today.

Moises Sanchez, 182 pounds

Won second round consolation match by 3-1 decision, lost consolation third round match. Eliminated from the tournament.

Dashton Rush, 195 pounds

Won second round consolation match by 3-1 decision, lost consolation third round match. Eliminated from the tournament.

Brodie Vinson, 220 pounds

Won second round consolation match by 14-4 major decision, won consolation third round match by 6-4 decision, lost consolation semifinal match. Competes in 5th place match today.

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Dora Bulldogs

56 Team Points

Carlos Chavez, 126 pounds

Lost championship semifinal match, lost consolation semifinal by medical forfeit. Competes in 5th place match today.

Xander Stewart, 132 pounds

Lost consolation second round match. Eliminated from the tournament.

Nathan Bahrik, 145 pounds

Won second round consolation match by 14-5 major decision, won consolation third round match by pinfall, won consolation semifinal by pinfall. Competes in 3rd place match today.

Ethan Meadows, 220 lbs,

Lost consolation second round match. Eliminated from the tournament.

Ronny Henderson, 285 pounds

Won championship semifinal match by 5-4 decision. Will face Michael Barnes of Mortimer Jordan for the state championship.

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Corner Yellow Jackets

26.5 Team Points

Logan Thomas, 170 pounds

Lost consolation second round match. Eliminated from the tournament.

Cole Fuller, 195 pounds

Won championship semifinal match by 6-4 decision. Will face Christian Knop of Alexandria for the state championship.

Griffin Murphy, 285 pounds

Lost consolation second round match. Eliminated from the tournament.

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Curry Yellow Jackets

6 Team Points

Nate South, 170 pounds

Won second round consolation match by pinfall, lost third round consolation match. Eliminated from the tournament.